Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Continuing my comments on books that influenced me most, I can truthfully say Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier contained the most beautiful use of language of any novel I’ve read. The book is lyrical, poetic. It is well known that Hemingway eschewed adjectives. Recently, I read a quote attributed to Twain, the essence of which was if a writer is unsure about the use of an adjective, the best practice is to leave it out. That, of course, is a paraphrase. By contrast, Frazier’s writing is not Spartan or sparse. It is rich and flavorful and fat with beautiful words, including adjectives along with the requisite nouns and verbs. Opening the books was like sitting down to a feast, every sentence to be savored. It taught me the possibilities of words well used.

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